Peter Navaro is a macro dynamo. Dr. Navaro teaches macroeconomics at the
These resources and much more are all available at Navaro’s website, called Peter Navarro's Well-Timed Strategies. Of particular interest to beginning macro students is Learn Economics, where students can download free multimedia lectures to learn the principles of macroeconomics (micro too).
Professor Navaro has an authored a new book called The Coming China Wars, which will be published sometime in October, 2006 by Prentice Hall. Here is the book jacket blurb: “
A story that Navaro provides in his current Weekly Newsletter caught my eye, and that should be of interest to students who would like to do their Discussion Board post on the macro conditions in the housing markets:
“Longer term, I’d like to relate a conversation I had with a buddy who makes his living selling mortgages to the “Joe Sixpack” heart of
First, with the fall in housing prices, more and more people are hitting zero or negative equity in their homes. If rates rise further, more and more of these folks will walk away from their over-leveraged castles.
Second, and here’s the scary part, a lot of people now find themselves trapped in adjustable rate mortgages, unable to refinance. The reason is diabolical. With the fall in housing prices, they no longer have the equity and loan-to-value ratio to qualify for a new mortgage. So they are stuck in the ARMS of the bond market, and if interest rates do take off, these folks are going to take the worst whupping of their financial lives.
Lastly, the house as an ATM trend continues. But, my friend tells me, people are taking out smaller and smaller amounts because that’s all the equity that is left. Desperate to get cash to fuel their fantasies – or simply feed their families – these folks are likewise nearing the end of the dangerous rope.”